Last night, watched the 60th Annual Filmfare Awards, on Sony, which went on past midnight, till today morning. The who’s who of the glitterati world of Bollywood were present.
60th Filmfare AwardsFashionista, Sonam Kapoor, was no doubt the best dressed, in a unique Indo-western ensemble. Eternal beauty, 60 year old Rekha, looked gorgeous as ever, in her kanjeevaram sari. Ileana D’Cruz, was a class apart in, a more contemporary, Audrey Hepburnisque style, black attire, merged with a Count Dracula cape. Shraddha Kapoor, looked like a fairytale princess in her white silver embroidered dress. Varun Dhawan was, no doubt the best dressed, among the gents, in a semi-transparent, white trouser suit. Amitabh Bachchan, Arjun Kapoor, Ranbir Kapoor, Fawad Khan, Manish Malhotra and Shahid Kapoor, came a close second. Generally most of them were very elegantly well dressed. The worst dressed, however, was the critically acclaimed actress, Tabu, in a black sequined gown. A pity.
60th Filmfare Awards RekhaFrom the films in the competition, the only Bollywood movies I had seen were PK (2014), Gulaab Gang (2014), Highway (2014) and Gunday (2014). PK won in the technical category for ‘Best Screenplay’ & ‘Best Dialogue’, and was nominated for six more Filmfare awards (See my post on P.K. Are you DRUNK ????? from last month). Queen (2014) bagged most of the major awards, including for, ‘Best Film’, ‘Best Director’ to Vikas Bahl and ‘Best Actress’ to Kangana Ranaut, along with three other wins, out of the 13 nominations it received. While, the modern day, Bollywood, adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Haider (2014), took home the coveted ‘Black Lady’ (trophy) for, ‘Best Actor’ to Shahid Kapoor, ‘Best Supporting Actress’ to Tabu, ‘Best Supporting Actor’ to Kay Kay Menon, and two other awards, out of the 9 nominations it received. Three, out of the four, Critic’s awards, went to Aankhon Dekhi (2014), a.k.a. Through My Own Eyes; for ‘Best Film’, ‘Best Director’ (to Rajat Kapoor) and ‘Best Actor’ (to Sanjay Mishra). Aliya Bhatt bagged the ‘Best Actress’ (Critic’s award) for Highway. But I didn’t think there was anything that great in Bhatt’s performance for her to win the critic’s award (not that she was bad in the film, but it certainly wasn’t an award winning performance, let alone a Critic’s award). Nor did I think much of the movie. But I did love the cinematography, of Highway, which captured some breathtakingly beautiful locations, around India. Highway was nominated for the Filmfare award for ‘Best Cinematography’ as well, but lost out to Queen.

Juhi Chawla, Aliya Bhatt and Shahid Kapoor at the Pre-Awards Party (Jan 2015)

Juhi Chawla, Aliya Bhatt and Shahid Kapoor at the Pre-Awards Party (Jan 2015)

Among others, ‘Best Actor’ nominee, Aamir Khan (for PK), was famously conspicuous by his absence, as always. ‘Best Supporting Actress’ nominees, Juhi Chawla (for Gulaab Gang), Dimple Kapadia (for Finding Fanny (2014)) and Amrita Singh (for 2 States (2014)), weren’t in attendance either. Neither, were ‘Best Actress’ nominees, Priyanka Chopra (for Mary Kom (2014)) & Rani Mukherji (for Mardaani (2014)), nor was ‘Best Actress’ winner herself, Kangana Ranaut (for Queen), present at the show. Best Director nominees, Vishal Bhardwaj (for Haider) and Rajkumar Hirani (for PK), too were missing. The senior Bachchan’s were there, to present a couple of awards, but the junior Bachchan’s were a no show, at the most prestigious, and oldest, Indian Film Award ceremony. Other ‘Best Actor’ nominees, that weren’t in attendance, were Hrithik Roshan and Akshay Kumar.
Kamini KaushalThe set décor at the awards function was impressive, and the stage lit up with some interesting performances. And some not so great. Karan Johar hosted the show brilliantly, as did Arjun Kapoor, but I can’t say the same, for Johar’s co-host, Kapil Sharma. Nor did I fancy the pre-awards, ‘Red Carpet’ segment. Aliya Bhatt gave a touching speech, when she won the critic’s award. And even more heart whelming, was the eloquent speech, in clear accented English, by 88 year old veteran Kamini Kaushal, who was awarded the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ for her, almost 70 years of, contribution to Hindi cinema.

A graduate of B.A. (honours) in English literature from Kinnaird College for Women University, in Lahore, British India (now Pakistan), Kamini Kaushal, began her film career, when director Chetan Anand cast her as the lead actress, for his feature film, Neecha Nagar (1946). Neecha Nagar, went on to win the prestigious Grand Prix du Festival International du Film award (today known as the Palme d’Or a.k.a. Golden Palm) for ‘Best Film’ at the very first Cannes Film Festival, held in 1946. Kamini Kaushal has never retired, and is still working. Her most recent role was, that of playing Grandmother; to an almost 50 year old, Shah Rukh Khan, reining Bollywood heartthrob, since the 1990’s; in Chennai Express (2013).

All in all, the 60th Annual Filmfare Awards, which was held on the 31st of January, 2015, was a pretty enjoyable showcase of fun, grandeur and Bollywood glamour. Enjoyed watching the ceremony on the small screen.

Nuwan Sen’s Film Sense